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Full text of "Annual Evaluation Report Fiscal Year 1984"

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C.  Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

Effectiveness: More than half the students served by these special pro-
grams for the disadvantaged have completed their course and found employment
or progressed into additional training and education. An analysis of 15
State Board evaluations receiving greatest amounts of Federal VEA monies
revealed little if any difference in the services provided under this
authority and those offered under the basic grant. (E.I)

Persons served: In school year 1980-81, the most recent year for which
enrollment data are available, an estimated 128,000 disadvantaged aggregated
classroom enrollments were reported in vocational education programs.
However, data from several States are not available. The special resources
for the disadvantaged are intended to provide academically and economically
disadvantaged persons with additional services they need to succeed in
regular vocational programs. Academically disadvantaged persons include
those who have problems reading, writing, or computing, those with limited-
English proficiency, and those with other problems. The economically
disadvantaged include the unemployed, those on public assistance and resi-
dents of correctional or other institutions. (E.I)

D.  Plans for Program Improvement and Recommendations for Legislation

The Department transmitted to Congress proposed legislation consolidating
existing vocational legislation. Categorical programs such as Special
Programs for the Disadvantaged are included in the consolidated authority.
This proposal is in response to the criticism that current legislation
lacks an overall theme or purpose and tries to do too much. This criticism
is most recently found in reports by the NIE Vocational Education Study
and the National Commission on Employment Policy. 21

E.  Support 1ngr.rStudies and Analyses Cited in Section C Above:

1. The Secretary's Annual Vocational EducationReport to Congress, 1983.

III. RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(b)

No further studies related to this program are currently in progress. The
Vocational Education Data System (VEDS) which collects data for this program
has been suspended until new procedures, approved by the Office of Management
and Budget, can be developed*

Contactfor further information

Program operation:  LeRoy A. Cornel son, (202)472-3440

Program studies:  Dorothy Shuler, (202)245-836484.